Other Treatments Surgery is usually needed if the stone is too large to pass on its own, if there are signs that the stone is growing, if the stone is blocking the urine flow, or if it is causing a urinary tract infection or kidney damage. Today, treatments for stones are much less invasive than in the past. Major surgery is performed in less than 2% of patients. Stone removal procedures: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) is used for small stones (smaller than 2 centimeters, or about three-quarters of an inch) that occur in the upper part of the ureter and do not pass on their own. Lithotripsy might even be safe and effective for patients whose stones are associated with malformed kidneys, although such patients are at higher risk for stone recurrence and should be carefully monitored. SWL takes less time to perform and requires a shorter hospital stay than percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Ureteroscopy. For stones in the lower urinary tract, ureteroscopy is generally the best proced...
Dear Dr. Motola,
Can Flomax be prescribed to a female to help pass kidney stones? I am a female patient who has been passing kidney stones for several years. Today I was prescribed Flomax to help me pass kidney stones. I have had two episodes of urinating blood due to kidney stones. No pain; only blood, large amounts for over two weeks each time, seven months apart. I am concerned since Flomax is only prescribed to males; what kind of side effects coudl it should have on me?
Both alpha blockers and calcium channel blockers have been utilized to help facilitate the passage of ureteral stones in both men and women. Conflicting data however exists as studies that were recently presented at the meeting of the American Urological Assocation suggest that in several randomized clinical trials there has been a lack of benefit to using alpha blocker to help stone passage, although less pain, urinary urgency and frequency were noted when these agents were used.
A friend of mine who is well past the menopause transition recently let us know that she wasn't feeling good. She complained about a severe pain in her abdomen, eventually contacting her health care provider. Eventually, the pain went away and she now believes that she passed a kidney stone.
After doing a little research, I learned some that postmenopausal women do have issues with kidney stones. Current estimates are the kidney stones affect between 5-7 percent of U.S. postmenopausal women. And a 2010 study out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that the use of estrogen therapy by postmenopausal women might increase the risk of developing kidney stones by approximately 20 percent.
What Are Kidney Stones?
The Mayo Clinic reports that kidney stones are not linked to one definitive cause. They form when urine contains more crystal –forming substances (uric acid, calcium and oxalate) than the fluid in the urine can dilute. Furthermore, the ur...
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